AFC Stoneham win Southampton Senior Cup against Bush Hill FC

Daily Echo: AFC Stoneham celebrate their Southampton Senior Cup win. AFC Stoneham celebrate their Southampton Senior Cup win.

AFC Stoneham won their first Southampton Senior Cup at St Mary’s last night.

The Hampshire Premier Leaguers beat Bush Hill FC 2-1 with goals in each half from Liam Hall and Stewart Beck.

Beck’s stunning 50th minute winner would have graced a Saints match.

After Hall had side-footed in the 29th-minute opener at the far post, he cut in from the left before firing low and hard into the far corner from at least 20 yards.

Dean Higgins, Stoneham’s number ten, was denied by Bush Hill goalkeeper Mark Fry as half-time approached, having been put in by midfielder Chris Benham, the former Hampshire cricketer.

But Bush Hill were twice denied an equaliser by the St Mary’s woodwork in firsthalf injury time. Louis Moody’s low shot was turned behind via the outside of a post and then James Lavender headed an outstanding crossfield pass against the bar.

Stoneham’s superior finishing was the difference against a Bush Hill side trying to become the first Southampton League team to win the trophy for 26 years.

The Millbrook outfit kept battling in the hope of celebrating their tenth anniversary with St Mary’s silverware.

The underdogs made most of the running in the last half hour. The queue of players trying to pull a goal back was nearly as long as that for the car park at the final whistle.

Midfielder Terry Parker was twice denied by Stoneham keeper Danny Chapman, who clawed away an attempted lob before tipping a 25-yarder around a post.

Richard Patterson and Lavender also threatened before Nick Kesby reacted quickest in a crowded penalty area to hook in the 82ndminute goal that set up an exciting finish.

But Stoneham were always a threat on the counter attack and Dave Reading was denied his side’s third by the far post in injury time.

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4:48pm Wed 16 May 12

LeroyJenkins says...

I went to the game and was an enjoyable game although supporting afc stoneham, I have to say Bush Hill played some neat and tidy football at times, and going in at half time i felt they were the better team, and probably deserved more out of the game. Well done to all
I went to the game and was an enjoyable game although supporting afc stoneham, I have to say Bush Hill played some neat and tidy football at times, and going in at half time i felt they were the better team, and probably deserved more out of the game. Well done to all LeroyJenkins

11:14pm Wed 16 May 12

Ted Rogers says...

If that's the best that Southampton/Hampshir
e can offer..........
If that's the best that Southampton/Hampshir e can offer.......... Ted Rogers

9:01am Thu 17 May 12

bwilso says...

Bunch of bullies who don't deserve to be in the final in the first place.
Bunch of bullies who don't deserve to be in the final in the first place. bwilso

9:25am Thu 17 May 12

Heathrowboy says...

stoneham kicked my son!stoneham kicked my son!says the eastleigh reserve dad.man up ffs.
stoneham kicked my son!stoneham kicked my son!says the eastleigh reserve dad.man up ffs. Heathrowboy

1:25pm Thu 17 May 12

worried of n e hampshire says...

will pompey be in this competition next season?
will pompey be in this competition next season? worried of n e hampshire

3:20pm Thu 17 May 12

mattserg says...

They are able to but they are unsure if they can afford the registration fee :)
They are able to but they are unsure if they can afford the registration fee :) mattserg

5:47pm Thu 17 May 12

saintsfc14 says...

It's a great cup competition for amateur footballers to play in as I've been watching saints home & away and to be lucky enougth to play on the holly turf & use the facilities is brilliant.thank you very much Southampton football club & all involved.
It's a great cup competition for amateur footballers to play in as I've been watching saints home & away and to be lucky enougth to play on the holly turf & use the facilities is brilliant.thank you very much Southampton football club & all involved. saintsfc14

1:42pm Fri 18 May 12

Walter K says...

Quite an entertaining game although lacking in quality. Unfortunately for Bush Hill the best team on the night failed to win on this occasion.
Quite an entertaining game although lacking in quality. Unfortunately for Bush Hill the best team on the night failed to win on this occasion. Walter K

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